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Watercolour - Guinevere - 'Before the Coming of the Sinful Queen' - Tennyson

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1911P67
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1910 - 1911

Maker Information

Artist:Eleanor Fortesque Brickdale - View biography for Eleanor Fortesque Brickdale


Having studied at Crystal Palace School of Art and the Royal Academy 1897-1900, Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale began to specialise in illustration. She regularly exhibited watercolours, based on themes or texts, which were then published as illustrated books. This scene of Guinevere, the wife of King Arthur and lover of Sir Lancelot, was published as the last plate of Tennyson's 'Idylls of the King' (1911). The queen is shown in repentant nun's habit, striving to be a model of good womanhood - one of the most topical, on-going debates surrounding woman in pre-First World War Britain. BMAG has a letter from Eleanor Fortesque Brickdale to Mr Kaines Smith discussing her help in acquiring Byam Shaw's painting 'The Boer War' (25 Jan 1925) .

Presented by an anonymous donor, 1911.

Further Information

Production Period:20th century
Medium:Watercolour on paper.

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Height:455 mm
Width:265 mm